By Palma Ileye
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has assured Nigerians of restoration of peace and total security to every nook and cranny of the nation before the end of the year.
Aregbesola said this yesterday in a joint World Press Conference at the National Press Centre, Abuja.
He said the Ministry under his watch has fulfilled its mandates of maintaining internal security through it’s four agencies.
“The Ministry of Interior,through its four agencies and has contributed to economic development by facilitating the entry, operations and establishment of foreigners and foreign firms to do business in Nigeria”, says Aregbesola.
He added “We shall continue to work for the peace of the nation and deter elements that constitute threat to the people; we shall bear the full powers of the government to secure every inch of our land,; we shall not rest until peace is fully restored in Nigeria”.
While assuring Nigerians of their continuous safety and peaceful co-existence, the Minister reels out the achievements of the various agencies under his ministry.
In declaring the World Joint Press conference open, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, affirmed that the terrorists are being neutralized and captured while those held hostage by the criminals are being prised out of their hands and released, in the last few months.
The Minister stated though there are pockets of attacks from the criminals, but the security agencies have recorded huge success which translates to the peace recorded across the country recently.
Alhaji Mohammed wondered why any time terrorists struck, the news is all over the media but whenever troops neutralize the terrorists there is silence, hence the need for the conference.
He said the recent arrest of perpetrators of Owo Church attack and Kuje prison’s escapees attest to the fact that ‘criminal can only run but can’t hide’.
Other Ministers that made presentation at the event were the Minister of Defence Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi.
Other dignitaries at the event were Chief of Defence staff, Lt. Gen. Irabo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Interior, Dr. Shuaib Belgore, and others.